September 28, 2017
As I shared previously, every month we will be identifying a new skill or value to emphasize with our students. This month, I found it especially ironic that our identified concept is Understanding Differences. Throughout our spiraling Second Step Curriculum, our students will have lessons on understanding and respecting differences. Starting in Kindergarten and 1st grade, they begin to identify same versus different. In 2nd grade, they learn about respecting different preferences. In 3rd grade, they learn about accepting differences and understanding perspectives. In 4th grade, students learn about accepting similarities and differences and understanding different perspectives. Lastly, in 5th grade, they'll learn to take different perspectives, accept differences, and disagree respectfully. If you watch the news nightly, or a football game on Sundays for that matter, you'll probably wish that the 2nd Step Curriculum was implemented in all schools years ago.
We are closing out So Kind September by having our students self-assess how well they did on completing their respect goal. Some classrooms had students set individual goals, while other classrooms worked on classroom goals. We're not only emphasizing the particular skill/value, but also the importance of setting goals and reflecting on our actions.
We want to continue to thank you for your support of the PTO, as well as the efforts of all of our volunteers who put forth their time and energies to facilitate great committees and activities. Thank you to our executive board for their oversight. The PTO has continued to fund the purchases of items such as furniture, storage bins, and continued technologies to develop our new lab, which we anticipate "opening" this month.
We hope to see you many of you at the Track-a-Thon, but all of you later in the month for our parent-teacher conferences. As always, we value your partnership in the education of our children.
Mr. Brett Balduf, Principal
Carpenter Elementary School
Inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.
Closed Lunch Campus
Monday, October 23 - Picture Retake Day
School picture retakes are scheduled for Monday, October 23, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The photographer will be here for approximately one hour.
If your child was absent, new to our school, or did not previously order pictures but you want to now, you can have this opportunity during retakes.
P.M. Kindergarten parents can bring your children in at 8:30 a.m. for their picture.
To have a retake, parents must write a note explaining the reason and have their child bring it with them to the “retake session.” If the pictures taken in August were unacceptable, the pictures must be returned with the note. Instructions for retakes, as well as ordering additional prints, were enclosed in the original picture package. Extra order forms are available in the school office.
Science Olympiad 2018!
Halloween 5K Run
District 64 ELF is hosting a Halloween-themed 5k run and walk on Saturday, October 28. Starting and ending in Hodges Park, the loop will allow for a shorter, 3k distance in the event 5k is too far. Open to kids of all ages and adults of all abilities, this is an inter-school competition to see who has the most participation. Let's help Carpenter School win and show our support in this fun family-friendly event! Click here to register:
https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/2017-Halloween-Hustle-5k-Run-and-Walk and open the flyer attached to this newsletter to read more.
D64 Middle School Program Review
School Closing Guidelines 2017-18
D64 Parent University Flyer